Holly Hunter to Star Off Broadway in 'The Vandal'

Holly Hunter Headshot - P 2012
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Holly Hunter Headshot - P 2012

UPDATED: Hunter has withdrawn from the Off Broadway production due to scheduling conflicts. Her role will now be played by veteran New York stage actress Deirdre O'Connell.

NEW YORK -- Holly Hunter will return to Off Broadway after more than a decade's absence in January in the world-premiere production of The Vandal, by Hamish Linklater.

Directed by Jim Simpson, the play will begin previews Jan. 18 at the Flea Theater in TriBeCa, with official opening set for Jan. 31.

Described as a story of death and vandalism in Kingston, NY, the play marks the first New York production for a work by Linklater, best known as an actor in the CBS sitcom The New Adventures of Old Christine. He also appeared last season on Broadway in the Theresa Rebeck play, Seminar.

Linklater joins a growing list of young actors whose playwriting ventures have been produced on New York stages in recent seasons, including Zach Braff, Zoe Kazan and Jesse Eisenberg.

An Oscar winner in 1994 for Jane Campion's The Piano, Hunter's last Off Broadway role was in 1998 in the Beth Henley drama Impossible Marriage. She stars in The Vandal with Zach Grenier (The Good Wife) and Noah Robbins. The production is scheduled to run through Feb. 17.